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Caliphate Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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About the Author
- Publisher : Baen; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416555455
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416555452
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.6 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I also enjoyed how the author explores the world according to Islam, its ideology, its worldview, where the expansionism comes from, what it portends, how it can be resisted and fought, what the risks are, and what the outcome could be if no resistance is forthcoming.
Plus the novel is just great entertainment. It's one of the best high-action, adrenalin-fueled suspense novels on a plausible direction this global conflict could take. It's full of relentless action. Plus the characters resonate and feel very true-to-life.
The story loosely follows members of a German family. The more or less current time young German woman is known only by her journal, kept and read many years in the future by her descendent, another woman. But in the future, the Caliphate has been instituted in a Muslim Europe. The Christian Germans are squashed into the state of subservience the Muslum Holy books named Demitude. Demitude is a real thing, even in the 20th century. It is a state of living that isn't slavery but rather a state of having a legally restricted mode of living.
The author supposes a nuclear attack on the USA by Islamic fanatics. This naturally angers Americans, who decided to reduce any future threats to them, over time. In the event, the intelligence services get wind of a bioweapon project set up in Germany, a part of the Caliphate. An emotionally ruined CIA operative takes the task of destroying the bioweapon project.
It is all very well thought through, militarily, scientifically, culturally, and politically. The writing is strong, clear, and rushes the story right along.
As a bonus, Kratman adds his personal views of what is most likely to happen demographically, politically, and culturally in Europe over the next century or so. That alone makes for a stimulating read. I wish people with other views could express them so vibrantly. Sadly, too often those with differing views simply fall back on insult.
Although the title may invoke the historical Muslim caliphate, this book takes place in a future dystopian future caliphate in Western Europe! Low Western European birthrates, high Muslim birth rates and an influx of refugees from the Middle East has turned Europe over to the more fertile Muslims. This is a terrifying and thought provoking prospect that many people are afraid to discuss openly.
While I don’t agree with all the authors premises, he gets some things right.
First published in 2007, the author correctly predicts future waves of Muslim refugees to Europe and a rise in terrorist attacks throughout the west. This happened.
He predicts Britain attempting to distant herself from the European Union in the mid-2010s although not in the way it happened in our world. I don’t want to ruin the novel but Kratman has his own “version of Brexit.”
He also predicts the election of a Trump-like president in the United States in 2016 and the rise of populism in the United States. In this novel it’s much worse than our world.
He predicts the rise of a culture of political correctness and censorship on the left side of the political spectrum in the west. This is happening alongside the rise in right wing populism.
The author does not adequately predict the rise of nationalist movements in Western Europe. This is already happening in our world as part of the same populist phenomena responsible for Brexit and Trump. This is particularly true in Eastern Europe.
The book features cool future technologies including cybernetic implants, electronic telepathy, human programming and remote controlling of humans by other humans.
Despite predicting some remarkable future technology, the author is simultaneously a bit a luddite and predicts fuel shortages stemming from peak oil making transportation more expensive in the future. Despite the disruptions caused by war and genocide in this novel, this post-peak oil scenario already seems unlikely due to the proliferation of fracking, renewables and EVs by 2019 in our world.
Although the author has his biases, the novel nonetheless asks thought provoking questions. Many people assume that every group of immigrants will assimilate. This is true until one doesn’t. People also assume that educated people will always make the best decisions for themselves and their country. That is often wishful thinking.
The issue of Islamic terrorism and the question of whether Europe can assimilate a large Muslim immigrant population are two of the defining questions of the first half of the 21st century. As of 2019, it is not clear whether Muslim immigration Europe will succeed.
I’d recommend this book to alternate history fans, history buffs and conservatives.
I would not recommend to the politically correct.
For various reasons I was never too fond of Kratman’s Carerra series. The writing in this book is much better. The ending was a little too upbeat for my taste but the my list a favorite 20th century writers include LeCarre and Raymond Chandler.
Top reviews from other countries
Well written, accurate in its depiction of a very sick culture, and a scathing condemnation of a woolly-headed population whose "leaders" will allow them and their culture to be destroyed by invasion disguised as immigration.
For those who cry "racist" - No. This book is about a culture and a way of life utterly foreign and hostile to the civilised west. A culture and way of life which considers it right to murder anyone who disagrees with them.
Read it and be warned.....
- the writing style and quality are a little poor IMO, but still offer an easy reading
- the plot is nothing impressive
- the author uses the book to promote his own political views and prejudices, although he's obvious in doing so
on the other hand, the story is captivating, the characters well developed, and above all, the scenario is thrilling. The setting is imaginative and speculative, of course, but still it makes the reader wonder what are the chances of it becoming a real eventuality, and in so doing to ponder about the present day issues which look like grim omens of that imaginary future. After all, the book was written well before the rise of the ISIS...
I would recommend this book to anybody that enjoys reading dystoian, fantasy or thrillers.
Afterword, do read this as it is good for a laugh. Mr. Kratman seems to think he is in a position to be giving advice to Europeans. In fact he has a list of 10 things we should do to save ourselves from this terrible fate. I won't bore you with the list, except to say that the U.S. is doing a good many of the same things that Mr. Kratman accuses the Europeans of!
He also mentions Mark Steyn's position, ( I suppose he is referring to his book "America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It") about the decline of Europe. Yet he fails to mention Mark Steyn's other book " After America: Get Ready for Armageddon" where this time Steyn's position is the downfall of the U.S. Only faster and a lot less pleasant than Europe's.
Mr.Kratman also mentions some legal cases in Europe where the judges took the side of the Muslims even to the point of citing the Koran.
In Pennsylvania at a Parade of Atheists of Central Pennsylvania. a man was attacked by a Muslim for wearing a costume of a Zombie Muhammad. Even though the man admitted to attacking the other man, this did not stop the judge from throwing the case out of court, an stating the following:
"In fact I have a copy of the Koran here and I challenge you sir to show me where it says in the Koran that Mohammad arose and walked among the dead. I think you misinterpreted things. Before you start mocking someone else's religion you may want to find out a little bit more about it. It makes you look like a doofus... In many Arabic speaking countries something like this is definitely against the law there. In their society in fact it can be punishable by death and it frequently is in their society."
I think Mr. Kratman would be better off offering his advice to his fellow Americans, after all according to his own afterword it s too late for us!
I was pleased to see he dedicated his book to Oriana Fallaci among others, one of my favorite authors. RIP Oriana